December 13th, 2008
04:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Bill Clinton broadens foundation's climate initiative

 The former President announced a new partnership between Arkansas and his foundation Saturday.
The former President announced a new partnership between Arkansas and his foundation Saturday.

(CNN) - As his wife begins her transition to becoming the nation's top diplomat in tumultuous times across the globe, former President Bill Clinton is also doing his part for the planet.

The Clinton Foundation announced Saturday that it is partnering with the State of Arkansas in an extension of the foundation's Clinton Climate Initiative. Through retrofit programs, the partnership will help the state where Clinton served as governor to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Arkansas is one of the first states to participate in the Clinton Climate Initiative. In 2006, the Clinton Foundation developed an exclusive partnership with the 40 largest cities in the world that have all pledged to engage in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"While urban areas account for more than three-quarters of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions, we need to work with rural states like Arkansas to make a difference in the fight against climate change in practical, measurable, and significant ways," said former President Clinton in the statement released by the foundation Saturday. "I'm confident that Arkansas will set an example for the rest of the country and the world," he added.


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  1. Donald

    If he doesn't know what the definition of is, is, then how can he save the planet.

    December 13, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Marc PTD

    Poor Bill! Totally upstaged by Al Gore, Hillary and a new, charismatic, Democratic president. He has to do something to get back in the limelight. Looks like he's just going to pilfer old Al's cause to do it.

    December 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. AK

    I think Bill should broaden plans to save America from it's current situation... At this rate, the Planet will be here much longer than America will.

    December 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Pledging to engage in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is completely different from actually DOING it. Promises, promises. In my opinion actions speak louder than words.

    December 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Include Texas because here in Houston the oil refineries emit more than their share of greenhouse gases.

    December 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Lynn in NM

    BIll is going to save the planet?? May God be with us all.

    December 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Bill

    Ready for the Clintobama administration?

    December 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Griff

    How is he going to do it? When you use more and more Electronics every year... You waste power on Security that has never been done before.... This Planet is an Electro- Magnet.....

    December 13, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Bonnie in Colorado

    Arkansas is also the state where Clinton created jobs. Putting curbs and gutters on country roads to just create jobs fooled no one. The press should have been on top of that one and never were.

    December 13, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Gerry

    I'm fighting against climate change too. I just turned the thermostat up to 72. Seems to be working, guess I'm setting an example for the rest of the world.

    December 13, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. drummajor66

    Well I can tell the first two comments were made by hybrid idiots. Question.
    What have either of you done for your country, state, city, or even community?
    Worthless is a word you should be getting use to by now.

    December 13, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Matt

    I hope that every one will be able to help with greenhouse gas emmissions, but in my current situation I depend on the construction buisness ,and buisness is at a stand still, thanks to MR. BUSH ( I think ) I'm not sure anymore. I've lost faith in american politics. I'm ready to move to the woods and live off of the land and burn wood for heat I'm sure that will help Greenhouse Gas Emmissions! I seriously doubt any politition, other than Senator Robert Bird, would even Know what that is like.I hope that Bill Will focus on things that address the people who supported him... Help our Economy. I could care less about the Greenhouse Gases when I can't aford to buy my family Christmas presents

    December 13, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Be nice to Mother Nature. In the 30's, farmers didnt pay attention to this fragile earth. By depleting the soil, farmers created HUGE SANDSTORMS.

    December 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Jesse

    That man is a hero.

    December 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. libs be dopes

    Somehow the words "Clinton" and "broad(er)" go together..

    If he realy wanted to help greenhouse gas and global warming he and Al Gore should keep their mouths shut.

    December 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    Do U want to live in a world that looks like the Moon? No plants. No animals. No birds. No fishes. Do U want to live in a desert? What comes around, goes around. We are all interconnected.

    December 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    Yes, farmers created huge SANDSTORMS in the 40's and it took the government to step in to study the cause and effect to Mother Nature. We then taught our farmers how to care for the land. Be respectful of Mother Nature.

    December 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Joyce

    Please Repubs, take a good hard look at your President. What has Bush done really? And you folks have the audacity to try and change his image for the better.

    Riteabidbob, I'm pretty sure Obama will be fiscally responsible and will make good, responsible use of the tax payer's money. Not waste it on useless wars and favor to the privelage few.

    If you've seen any of the debates, you know for sure that Obama will do his best not to tax you any higher than now, in fact he will work towards lowering taxes to those that make less than 250K a year. That's most of us. OK?

    Continuing to believe the lies of your party is continuing to choose to be blind. Look where that got us? Do you seriously believe that other President's are responsible for the economic mess and our foreign relations debacle? ALL OF THESE HAPPENED UNDER BUSH'S WATCH FOR 8 YEARS!

    Enough already. I don't care what your party affiliation is, Obama must succeed in getting us back on track or WE ALL FAIL. You and your children and grand children will inherit Bush's failed policies and will pay for it.

    Like Obama or not, he needs to succeed in fixing all these problems for OUR sake.

    December 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Maggie

    Global warming is a natrual process the earth goes through. The Great Lakes were formed by retreating ice caps. The human race has helped this one along. My guess is that we've brought it in earlier than it would have happened naturally and maybe made it worse than it would have been naturally. Anything we can do to undo the damage we've done is a good thing, but no matter what we do, we're looking at some tough ecological times ahead.

    Will we stop global warming? Nope.
    Will there be anything we can do to stop the next ice age? Nope.
    We're just riders on this spinning rock, victims to the whims of Mother Nature and Father Time. We pollute the land, sea and air. One day, Mother Nature is going to get really angry and decide to come back at us. After all, it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.

    December 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. mike

    Yes , just like his FREE TRADE FRAUD ...he though save american jobs to compete to slave wages..??

    save or sell it just like he sell our jobs to china?? US politicians nothing different with ALL chicago way...lie and cheat

    December 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. New Leaf America

    Clinton Foundation is taking the right step. New Leaf America is working on this too and it is the right approach. http://www.newleafamerica.com

    December 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Charles M.

    There is no way to "fight climate change." All we can do as a species is identify the natural constraints under which we live and adjust our activities accordingly. The climate has always been and will always be changing. The question is, can the human species adapt quickly enough? Reducing emissions is important. Not cutting down so many carbon-absorbing trees is important. Keeping our population under control is important. And the Clintons cannot do this for us. They (and Al Gore) can only show us the science that climatologists have been trying to warn us about for decades. Climate change in and of itself is not a crisis – our inability to act on it is. As long as we refuse to examine our actions, we will simply disappear in much the same way as all of the ancient societies that came before us did. At that point, paying a few more bucks in taxes won't seem like such a big sacrifice to make.

    December 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. MR E

    Hey, Bill am with you all the day........, we miss your presidency

    December 13, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. MR E

    Hey, Bill am with you all the way,............we miss your presidency.

    December 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Impeach Obama

    Bill Clinton is looking for only two things, and they are money for his own pockets and the blow jobs he apparently does not get at home.

    December 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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